Maureen grew up in Seattle, hiking around the Cascades with her family. While studying Cultural Anthropology and German at Western Washington University where she graduated with her Bachelors Degree, she dove into outdoor adventures on her own, finding strength and self-assurance through climbing, hiking, and backpacking, and deepening her appreciation for time spent in the wilderness. Maureen has since lived in Berlin, remote Alaska, a tent in the desert, Fairbanks, and most recently Olympia. She is excited to be involved in individual and community empowerment as a wilderness field instructor for ROP, and as a volunteer with GRuB (Garden Raised Bounty). She enjoys cooking, gardening, climbing rocks, riding bikes, and walking really far!